Understanding future impact of climate change on agricultural productivity and practices in northern Africa

Understanding future impact of climate change on agricultural productivity and practices in northern Africa

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements 

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/International)

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 18th June 2021

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2021

For queries contact: Dr Bastien Dieppois

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Introduction

Coventry University is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship within the multi-disciplinary Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience.

Project Details

The threat of climate change is emerging at a time of rapid growth for many economies in northern Africa. There is an urgent need to better understand how climate will change over the region, how such changes will affect crop productivity, and how local farmers, their associations might respond.

The development of climate scenarios is a vital step in evaluating the vulnerability of various crops and the effectiveness of different adaptation strategies in mitigating climate-risks. However, developing these scenarios typically involves large uncertainties, which can be difficult to understand and utilize from an end-user perspective. Instead, climate impact scenarios should be tailored to end-user needs.

This project aims to develop a new framework for assessing future risks on agricultural productivity and practices in northern Africa, which would be suitable for national- and community-level adaptation to climate change. This will be achieved by:

i) Improving our ability to predict future climate change in northern Africa and its impact on agricultural productivity at decadal timescales using advanced statistical techniques, climate and crop growth models;
ii) Identifying end-users’ vulnerability and needs at both timescales, and develop adaptation scenarios for optimizing agricultural productions and practices over the coming decades.

Funding

This is a fully-funded studentship including full tuition fees (UK/EU/International) plus stipend (based upon the applicable UKRI rate at the point of the award) and additional allowances.

Benefits

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
    PLUS the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years.
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component.

Essential:

• Masters degree in a science-based subject area (Hydrological, Agronomy, crop and/or climate sciences).
• Knowledge of Mediterranean hydrology, Agronomy and Climate
• Knowledge of climate change and variability.
• Capacity for critical and independent thinking.

Desirable:

• Experience of crop growth and/or climate modelling
• Experience of working with climate model output.
• Experience of scientific programming.
• Experience of working with large data sets.
• Willingness to engage with the wider CAWR research community.

How to apply

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project. For queries contact: Dr Bastien Dieppois.

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